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July 19, 2013

La. trio, regional band share stag

JOHNSTOWN — Peoples Natural Gas Park in downtown Johnstown on Friday night played host to a folk rock band from western Pennsylvania and a national recording artist from Louisiana.

The performances were part of the Summer Concert Series sponsored by Johnstown Area Heritage Association.

“It’s a nice crowd for these terrific acts, and everybody seems to be  having a great time,” said Shelley Johansson, JAHA communication director.

The headliner, the Marc Broussard Trio, has an electrifying performance, she said.

“We are excited to have him here in Johnstown,” Johansson said.

TheFIVE6 is a wonderful band featuring talented performers from Indiana and Pittsburgh, she said.

Todd Wagner, chairman of JAHA’s Flood City Music

Festival, said the exciting part of the concert series is that they

are bringing world-class entertainment to downtown Johns­town.

Marc Broussard has played in front of audiences of up to 10,000 people and always performs in the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Wagner said.

It is exciting to have a regional band like theFIVE6 perform, he said.

“We want regional talent to share the same stage with the national acts,” Wagner said.

Ron Solomon of Richland Township said every time he and his wife,  Bonnie, come to the park they have a great time.

“It’s relaxing and there is a nice, open environment,” he said.

TheFIVE6 band is pretty good, Solomon said.

Bonnie Solomon said they love the park.

“It’s quite an asset for Johns­town,” she said. “It’s a great place to spend a warm evening.”

Dr. Gary Davidson, a Louisiana native, and his fiancee, Terri Sysak, a Johns­town native, were here visiting her mother when they read a story in the newspaper about Broussard, whom they heard perform before, coming to town.

“We figured we would come to see the Oil House and see Broussard,” said Sysak, who lives near Washington, D.C. “When we saw Broussard at the festival (in New Orleans), the seats were empty and everyone was on the dance floor.”

Rachel Farkas of Richland Township said was a fan of the Marc Broussard Trio before the band was booked here.

She also thinks highly of theFIVE6 band.

“You can tell that she (lead singer for theFIVE6) wrote her own music because it comes from the heart,” Farkas said.

She also believes the park is a great place for concerts.

“The park is a hidden gem,” Farkas said.

Ed Dreikorn of Johnstown enjoyed theFIVE6 band and said the musicians were a good warm-up act for the Marc Broussard Trio.

“The park is outstanding,” Dreikorn said about the venue. “It serves our community well.”

Cathleen Ireland, lead singer for theFIVE6, said she loved the crowd.

“It was like performing at a family reunion,” she said. “We all really enjoyed it and would love to come back.”

Ireland, of Indiana, said the band has been raising money at concerts for various charities and so far has raised more than $2,270.

Money raised at Friday’s concert will go to Autism Speaks, she said.


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